Guru Amar Das

1479 - 1574

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Guru Amar Das (Gurmukhi: ਗੁਰੂ ਅਮਰ ਦਾਸ, pronunciation: [gʊɾuː əməɾᵊ d̯aːsᵊ]; 5 May 1479 – 1 September 1574), sometimes spelled as Guru Amardas, was the third of the Ten Gurus of Sikhism and became Sikh Guru on 26 March 1552 at age 73.Before becoming a Sikh (Shishya from Sanskrit), on a pilgrimage after having been prompted to search for a guru, he heard his nephew's wife, Bibi Amro, reciting a hymn by Guru Nanak, and was deeply moved by it. Bibi Amro was the daughter of Guru Angad, the second and then current Guru of the Sikhs. Amar Das persuaded Bibi Amro to introduce him to her father and in 1539, Amar Das, at the age of sixty, met Guru Angad and became a Sikh, devoting himself to the Guru. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Guru Amar Das has received more than 670,953 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Guru Amar Das is the 1,228th most popular religious figure (down from 1,218th in 2019), the 198th most popular biography from India (up from 204th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular Indian Religious Figure.

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Among religious figures, Guru Amar Das ranks 1,228 out of 2,272Before him are Theophilus Presbyter, Pelagio Galvani, Gregory III Laham, Cuthbert, Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, and Ermengarde of Tours. After him are Clemens August of Bavaria, 'Abd Allah ibn Rawahah, Renato Corti, Angelo Dundee, Joseph Zen, and Domenico Tardini.

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Among people born in 1479, Guru Amar Das ranks 7Before him are Joanna of Castile, Hafsa Sultan, Lisa del Giocondo, Vasili III of Russia, Giuliano de' Medici, Duke of Nemours, and Diego Columbus. After him are Peter Henlein, Ippolito d'Este, Francisco de Montejo, and Vallabha. Among people deceased in 1574, Guru Amar Das ranks 12Before him are Bartolomeo Eustachi, Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry, Ebussuud Efendi, Maarten van Heemskerck, Georg Joachim Rheticus, and Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine. After him are Louis of Nassau, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, and Damião de Góis.

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Among people born in India, Guru Amar Das ranks 198 out of 1,227Before him are Mahadevi Varma (1907), Mariam-uz-Zamani (1542), Vaikom Muhammad Basheer (1908), Kailash Satyarthi (1954), Khaleda Zia (1945), and Subramania Bharati (1882). After him are Hema Malini (1948), Shilpa Shetty (1975), Nizamuddin Auliya (1238), Kittur Chennamma (1778), Homi J. Bhabha (1909), and Baji Rao I (1700).


Among religious figures born in India, Guru Amar Das ranks 22Before him are Mata Amritanandamayi (1953), Dayananda Saraswati (1824), Jayadeva (1170), Śāntarakṣita (725), Meher Baba (1894), and Guru Angad (1504). After him are Parshvanatha (-872), George Alencherry (1945), Anandi Gopal Joshi (1865), Zakir Naik (1965), Dashrath Manjhi (1934), and Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi (1856).